British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years.
By this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter.
This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in manufacture of light.
As a result Munro produces both monumental temporary experiential artworks as well as intimate story-pieces.
His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Biennale Kijkduin in Den Hague, the Eden Project in Cornwall, Pratt Institute, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York and Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire.
In the United States he has found that botanical gardens provide the scale his outdoor pieces require.
“Inspiration comes in many guises. Sometimes one has a visceral gut instinct reaction about a person, place, experience or idea. My first visit to Cheekwood definitely falls into this category.
The house and garden, created by the residential and landscape architect Bryant Fleming were completed in 1932. The scale and positioning of the buildings is at one with the landscape; there’s a feeling of understated balance and harmony, which allows one to enjoy the whole experience of the place without feeling obliged to pay lip service to the architecture and/or landscape.
In simple words Cheekwood is not about showing off.
For me this is the most perfect place because it provides a variety of opportunities to respond to; each space varies in both scale and topographical character.
In addition, Cheekwood has a veritable Jewel in its crown, namely the world class exhibition galleries.
In short I feel lucky and privileged to exhibit my work at this prestigious and beautiful house and garden.”
It goes without saying that none of this would have been possible without my parents. I am fortunate to have come from a very happy, loving family who always encouraged me to realize my creative aspirations.
I can only hope that my work encapsulates some of their wonderful spirit.